Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Thursday 18th Week in Ordinary Time

August 9, 2007
Thursday 18th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

NUMBERS 20:1-13
The whole congregation of the children of Israel arrived in the desert
of Zin in the first month, and the people settled at Kadesh. It was
here that Miriam died, and here that she was buried. As the community
had no water, they held a council against Moses and Aaron. The people
contended with Moses, exclaiming, "Would that we too had perished with
our kinsmen in the LORD's presence! Why have you brought the LORD's
assembly into this desert where we and our livestock are dying? Why
did you lead us out of Egypt, only to bring us to this wretched place
which has neither grain nor figs nor vines nor pomegranates? Here
there is not even water to drink!" But Moses and Aaron went away from
the assembly to the entrance of the meeting tent, where they fell
prostrate. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them, and the LORD
said to Moses, "Take your staff and assemble the community, you and
your brother Aaron, and in their presence order the rock to yield its
waters. From the rock you shall bring forth water for the congregation
and their livestock to drink." So Moses took his staff from its place
before the LORD, as he was ordered. He and Aaron assembled the
community in front of the rock, where he said to them, "Listen to me,
you rebels! Are we to bring water for you out of this rock?" Then,
raising his hand, Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and
water gushed out in abundance for the people and their livestock to
drink. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you were not
faithful to me in showing forth my sanctity before the children of
Israel, you shall not lead this community into the land I will give
them." These are the waters of Meribah, where the children of Israel
contended against the LORD, and where the LORD revealed his sanctity
among them.

MATTHEW 16:13-23
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his
disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied,
"Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or
one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living
God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of
Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my
heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this
rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall
not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of
heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and
whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he
strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
>From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go
to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests,
and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then
Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, "God forbid, Lord! No
such thing shall ever happen to you." He turned and said to Peter,
"Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not
as God does, but as human beings do."

Jesus could have chosen any of his other disciples. There probably
were some more qualified than Peter. Peter was not a perfect man. He
had normal human problems which any of us have: character deficiencies
and inner conflicts. We all know that later on Peter would deny Jesus
three times because he would be afraid for his life. Perhaps this is
why Peter was chosen because of his imperfections and his flawed
humanity. Perhaps he was chosen to remind us that we need not be
perfect in order to be good Christians and to practice God's

Most of us will never become great leaders or famous people, nor will
we be called on to die for our beliefs. We may never be in a situation
in which fidelity will demand the ultimate sacrifice. What is
important is for us to do our best in all our actions, to practice
love for our fellow human beings during the routines of our daily
living, and to love our God with our whole body, our whole mind and
with our whole soul.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Charlie Castro, Delly David, Julie Manzon, Glenda Bisco,
Abelino Gutual
- Myra
- Ernesto and Feliciana
- Jose Rigor
- Lito David
- Cel Choa
- Sister Normita Guevarra, DC
- Dodo
- Ely
... Thanksgiving for:
- Jane Guillermo
- Manzon Family, Barayoga Family, Escamilla Family, Vergara
Family, Bisco Family, Castro Family, De Castro Family
- Bonsol family
for the personal intentions of:
- Jasmin
- Matet Rey
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Domingo Barayoga Jr., Churchill
Barayoga, Ashley Joy Barayoga, Julie, Noc and Chibu
- Ma. Fatima
- Francis Torres
- Rupa and Jeverly
- Bebot Choa
- Karen, Kay, Kirstie and Kevin
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga, Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Edgar Morabe
- Birthday: Francesca Andrea Ching
- Birthday: Rita Co Son
- Prayer Intention: Alan Uy
- Thanksgiving: Castillo Family Thanksgiving:
- In Memoriam (+): Gloria del Carmen
.. for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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